Small and Smaller: Extreme Living

How do these homeowners live large in 400, 200 and even less than 100 square feet?
Living in a Small Space Documentary

Living in a Small Space Documentary

When documentary filmmakers Merete Mueller and Christopher Smith set out to make a movie about people living in tiny homes, they became so intrigued with the lifestyle that they built their own 130-square-foot cabin. The film, "TINY: A Story About Living Small ," premiered on March 9, 2013.

By: Susan Kleinman

Who says your home has to be huge to make you happy? These days, many people are choosing to live in tiny spaces and doing so in comfort and style. From miniscule studio apartments in the city to petite cabins way out in the country, scaled-down homes encourage residents to clarify their priorities, edit their possessions and prove that be it ever so humble, there really is no place like home.

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Urban Living

With rents inching toward $100 per square foot, big-city apartments don't come cheap. But rather than move out to the 'burbs where the prices are lower, city lovers choose to stay near the hustle and bustle, even if it means living in apartments as small as 175 square feet.

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Create a Wow Moment

Mix Shapes and Sizes

Tuck It Away

Go for Slim and Portable

Visually Expand the Space

Edit Your Stuff

Think About Space Creatively

Sustainable Living

With the earth getting more crowded and land more expensive, many Americans are looking for ways to live smaller and more simply. Whether they’re building cabins in the woods or converting old shipping containers into studio apartments, these homeowners are being kind to the planet and to their wallets and find that living without a house full of possessions actually makes their lives feel fuller.

Extreme Small Homes

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10 Extreme Tiny Homes

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Discovering a Simpler Approach

Better Sense of Self and Community

Private Woodsy Retreat

Chic, White and Serene

Container Living

Sleek and Compact

Pico Dwelling

Clutter Control


Tiny Inspiration

Closer to Nature

Small Duplex Design

Petite-Sized Getaway

The Small House Movement

Petite Appliances

Modular and Folding Furniture

Carefully Chosen Furnishings



Think About Space Creatively

Tuck It Away

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